->''"Lots of middle-class people are running around pretending to be cockney."''
-->--'''Creator/ChristopherEccleston''' on chavs.

On one end of the social spectrum, we have the UpperClassTwit proving that money doesn't make good people. But that doesn't mean a lack of money does the same. This trope deals with the various varieties of lout, hooligan, and delinquent that appear in various media. While these stereotypes are TruthInTelevision to some degree, it's debatable whether the stereotype comes from RealLife, or said real life examples are [[MisaimedFandom imitating the stereotype]]. A typical LowerClassLout is a teenager or young adult (with the occasional EnfantTerrible) who embodies [[WorkingClassPeopleAreMorons the worst stereotypes of the working class]] (or middle class).

Because of the UnfortunateImplications the stereotypes imply, subversions are almost as common as straight examples, with a snobby or elitist character being established as such by having them accuse a sympathetic character of being one of these.

Various parts of the world have their own individual versions. Indeed, it's an interesting fact of crimino-sociology that nearly every society in the world with urban and youth culture has a certain stratum of "difficult" young people, especially men, which draw attention in popular culture.

Types of (or groups often stereotyped as) Lower Class Louts with their own article include:
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* {{Delinquents}}
* FootballHooligans
* GreaserDelinquents
* JapaneseDelinquents
* {{Juggalo}}
* ScooterRidingMod
* UsefulNotes/{{Skinheads}}
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Younger examples are almost always TheBully. Because of the class-based origins of the stereotype, expect the moral of any story they appear in to lean towards EatTheRich or KillThePoor. Contrast the UpperClassTwit and AristocratsAreEvil (for when the rich are vilified) and WorkingClassHero. See also: FootballHooligans, {{Delinquents}}, LoserProtagonist.
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[[folder: Fan Works ]]

* ''Warhammer40000TheMisfits has Sandy Shepherd (know to his friends as "Brother Nasty") a rather amusing example of what happens when one of these gets turned into a genetically enhanced SuperSoldier warrior monk. His Brother Sergeant one one occasion remarks:
-->"I keep half expecting Nasty to come back dragging a sack of loot with him sometimes."

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[[folder: Film ]]

* In Peter Jackson's Adaptation of ''Film/TheLordOfTheRings'', all the [[AlwaysChaoticEvil Orcs]] have cockney accents.
* The villains in ''HarryBrown'' are textbook chavs (although [[MoreDakka better armed than usual]]), played as monsters to make them {{Acceptable Target}}s for the VigilanteMan protagonist.
* The 2007 reboot of ''StTrinians'' featured chavs as one of the school's cliques.
* Most of characters in ''Film/AttackTheBlock'' are youths in a South London street gang. In the first scene they mug a woman, but get more sympathetic characterization later, when they're saving the world from aliens.
* The cast of ''Kidulthood'' and its sequel ''Adulthood'' (Katy from the first film seems to have been more middle-class, but still behaved this way.)
* British horror film ''F'' is based around such characters going on a murder and torture spree at a school after being given failing grades by their teacher.
* The title character from ''Film/DonJon'' is one of these, a Jersey guido who's addicted to porn.
* Way too many Venezuelan movies have at least one ''malandro'' character. At one point, it was so common to do movies about thugs that the Venezuelan film industry developed the stereotype of "only having ''peliculas de Malandros''" almost to the point of backlash.
* Creator/RebelWilson seems to have made a career out of playing these kinds of characters in films such as ''Film/{{Bridesmaids}}'' and ''Film/PitchPerfect''.
* Ditto for Creator/MelissaMcCarthy, who was also in ''Bridesmaids'' (in her StarMakingRole, in fact), and who went on to play some particularly noxious examples in ''Film/IdentityThief'', ''Film/TheHeat'', and ''Film/{{Tammy}}''.
* All five of the main characters in the ''Series/NewKids'' movies take the Dutch equivalent of this and run with it.
* Eggsy from ''Film/KingsmanTheSecretService'', looks and acts like one of these, but is actually a better person than he appears. Eggsy's stepfather and his gang however fit this trope to a T being violent and crude thugs without any redeeming qualities. Eggsy's friends don't get enough screen time to judge whether they fit or not.

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[[folder: Literature ]]

* The ''CherubSeries'' features quite a few teenagers that display chavlike characteristics.
* By ''Literature/HarryPotterAndTheOrderOfThePhoenix'', Dudley Dursley has basically turned into one of these. Ironically, his parents have been, throughout the whole series, a terrible example (more like a parody) of the rich end of middle-class.
* The ''Diary of a Chav'' series.
* Shad Ledue in ''ItCantHappenHere''. Even after rising up through the ranks of the Minute Men, his tastes and temperment remain coarse.
* The Ewells from ''Literature/ToKillAMockingbird''. Filthy in both hygiene and morals, they live in an extension of the town dump, put only the barest amount of effort in, and treat everybody like garbage.
* Jerry Cruncher in ''Literature/ATaleOfTwoCities''. He's a working-class moron whose abusive relationship with his wife is played for laughs. A RunningGag is his "spiky" hair, which suggests a disheveled appearance. Throughout the story, he's contrasted with the erudite main characters.
* Some appear in ''Discworld/UnseenAcademicals'', including Juliet's brothers and Andy's posse. Can't have a book about football without the hooligans, can you?
* Creator/StephenKing's novels tend to feature lower-class New England townies as stock characters, usually as lowlifes who are among the first to get killed off by the villain. Butch Bowers in ''Literature/{{It}}'' is a particularly vile example, as he's a violent, racist, and abusive psychopath whose son, Henry, was pretty much doomed to follow in his footsteps from birth. Billy Nolan in ''Literature/{{Carrie}}'' and James "Junior" Rennie in ''Literature/UnderTheDome'' are two more examples.
* His day-job being doctor at a hospital in a very poor part of London, Theodore Dalrymple's writing is chock full of accounts of the people he treated, many of them for injuries incurred through their own bad decisions.

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[[folder: Live Action Television ]]

* The character of Vicky Pollard in ''LittleBritain'' plays the British chav stereotype for laughs.
** As does Lauren Cooper from ''Series/TheCatherineTateShow'' ([[{{Catchphrase}} "Am I bovered?"]]).
** Sketch show ''Tittybangbang'' had similar characters in the "Duck and Chips Family" and the pub darts team sketches.
** Jocelyn Jee Esien's "Sharonisha" character from her TV series.
* In ''Series/DoctorWho'' Cassandra invokes the "snob calling someone a chav" version towards Rose [[spoiler: while engaging in GrandTheftMe [[ShowingOffTheNewBody against her]]]]. This does invoke some FridgeLogic, since she was supposed to be of Texan/Alaskan decent, not British.
-->'''Cassandra [[spoiler:in Rose's body]]:''' Oh no! [[spoiler:I'm a]] chav!
** This line got a laugh from an audience of overseas buyers who [[InherentlyFunnyWords almost certainly didn't know the word "chav"]].
* Kelly from ''Series/{{Misfits}}'' is one of the most realistic examples of a chav, portrayed sympathetically anyway.
* The reality series ''SceneStealers'' had an episode where two {{goth}}s had to impersonate chavs and they learned all the stereotypes associated with chav behaviour.
* An episode of ''Series/{{Bones}}'' explored the "Guido" culture, and Brennan herself said she followed [[JerseyShore the TV "documentary" on them]].
* That "documentary" would be {{reality show}} ''Series/JerseyShore'', and the cast seem to be fairly relaxed about being regarded as such.
* The entire premise of ''Series/{{Shameless}}''.
* The Timmins family on ''Series/{{Neighbours}}'' embodied the Australian "bogan" stereotype.
* As do Series/KathAndKim.
* Onslow, Hyacinth's brother-in-law on ''Series/KeepingUpAppearances''. Obviously, Hyacinth is [[SarcasmMode thrilled]]. However, while shabby and slovenly, Onslow is friendly and benign -- and [[HiddenDepths actually]] [[BrilliantButLazy really smart]] -- and deliberately makes a favourable contrast with the snobbish Hyacinth.
* The Gang in ''Series/ItsAlwaysSunnyInPhiladelphia'', despite the fact that both Dennis and Dee went to the [[IvyLeague University of Pennsylvania]] (Dee didn't graduate, though). They're all alcoholic scumbags.
** [[TheSociopath Dennis]] and [[AttentionWhore Dee]] were born into a rich family. But due to the gang's failing business, they are currently broke. They think they're classy and justify it by saying class is something you're born into (ie. people born into money are classy), but clearly they were never classy to begin with.
** Mac is a [[TheFundamentalist fundamentalist Christian]] and a [[ArmouredClosetGay self-loathing homophobe]]. He used to deal drugs to his classmates. [[FreudianExcuse His father was a meth dealer who was in prison though-out his childhood]].
** Charlie is {{the ditz}}iest of the group. It's implied to be because his mom tried to have an abortion while pregnant with him, combined with the various harmful substances he takes.
** Frank {{invoked|trope}} this trope because he wanted to live the gang's depraved lifestyle.
* Most (though not all) of the characters on ''Series/MyNameIsEarl'' fit this to some degree or another. Earl's ex-wife Joy particularly stands out.
* Big Bud Roberts in ''Series/{{JAG}}'' is to some extent a retirement-aged example of this trope.
* In the original version of ''Series/{{Survivors}}'', pretty much [[UnfortunateImplications any character]] who was lower class before the Death struck the world continues to display this attitude.
* Venezuelan [[SoapOpera Telenovela]] ''Por Estas Calles'', given its social theme, has a pretty accurate portrait of ''barrio'' life in the early nineties, up to having ''malandros'' as important characters. The most popular (and memetic) character was Eudomar Santos, a not-quite thug but not very ethic either character who was very representative of the "shanty-in-the-head" mentality.
* Israeli comedienne and actress Orna Banai often played a quintessential ''frekha'' named Limor, who later co-hosted a comedy show called ''Rak beYisrael'' (‘Only in Israel’). Over time, her character became less and less of a ''frekha'' and more of an outgoing {{Cloudcuckoolander}}.

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[[folder: Music ]]

* The Welsh group Music/GoldieLookinChain use chav personas as their gimmick.
* This was also the image of the boyband BlazinSquad who in reality only lasted a few singles, but nevertheless made quite an impact.
* The Area 7 song "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qA8gJoT5yl4 Nobody Likes a Bogan]]" is based around the Australian "bogan" stereotype.
* Rapper TheStreets , aka Mike Skinner is widely considered a chav rapper as his lyrics, rapped in mockney, are about the day to day life of a lower class person. He doesn't preach violence however and wasn't really that bad off.
* Lady Sovereign is an English rapper with a 'chav' image.
* Plan B got accused of this so much that he wrote a song called "Ill Manors" attacking the stereotypes (inadvertently confirming them).
* The entire Grime genre is based around lower class accents.
* The club song "Get Up (Rattle)"'s music video features a group of chavs being stalked and killed by a group of ducks.
* Music/DireStraits "Money for Nothing" was about an ignorant, uneducated jackass who Mark Knopfler overheard in a department store, and the lion's share of the lyrics are direct quotes from him.

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[[folder: Tabletop Games ]]

* There's a game called "[[http://rpg.drivethrustuff.com/product_info.php?products_id=68932 Chav: The Knifing]]".
* Hilariously, the [[OurOrcsAreDifferent Orks]] of ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'' are based on this stereotype. They're basically very big, very dumb and very green English football hooligans with guns.

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[[folder: Web Original ]]

* The {{Meme}} character "Scumbag Steve," and his DistaffCounterpart "Scumbag Stacy."
* ''WebVideo/EpicRapBattlesOfHistory'' portrays UsefulNotes/JackTheRipper as one.

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[[folder: Western Animation ]]

* The Kankers from ''WesternAnimation/EdEddNEddy''. Three half-sisters raised by a single mother, living in a trailer park, getting the kicks out of tormenting everybody else and sexually harassing the protagonists, with very little redeeming qualities.
* Quite a few residents in ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'', especially in the earlier episodes when the town was much smaller and more conservative. Most notably, Kenny's family.

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[[folder: Real Life ]]

* RealLife British celebrities are often accused of being chavs in tabloids. [[RuleOfCautiousEditingJudgement Let's leave it at that.]]

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